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J Hus' Video For 'Spirit' Is The Greatest Thing You'll Watch All Week

J Hus heads to Ghana in the incredible music video for "Spirit" from his Mercury Prize-nominated debut album.

These are happy days for J Hus, the melody merchant.


Less than a week after his debut, Common Sense, was nominated for the Mercury Prize, he released the video its third single “Spirit.”

The single's lyrics are as reflective as they are forward-looking, as much about resilience as about fragility, as much about one’s own dictates as it is about one’s fate, when J Hus rap-sings “All we do is win I can't control it, but I can't take credit when God wrote it.”

“Spirit” is produced by TSB and IO, as well as Jae5 who impressively executive produced Common Sense. Together they’ve crafted a very impressive debut which confidently hops from rap to grime to garage to afrobeats, developed from similar musical tastes and psyche.

“Spirit,” in composition and feeling, is a twin to “Ojuelegba” but where Wizkid’s opted for gloss, Hus’ track is evocative of place and belonging as suggested by the lyrics.

The video was shot in Ghana where his producer Jae5 is from and the place he credits with heavily influencing his sound. It features scenes of everyday life, exhibitionist bike-riding, communal board games and fight scenes with Hus sometimes indistinguishable with from extras—all of which encapsulate the “spirit” of the song and nation.

J Hus, a busy man these days, also recently stopped by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac's show to play the single, along with a cover of DJ Khaled backed by The Compozers—who will be playing our own OkayAfrica concert with D'banj and Sister Nancy next week in NYC.

Listen here and below.

Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

A Nigerian Label Is Suing Nas For Not Delivering a Good Verse

M.I and Chocolate City filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court claiming Nas didn't deliver the verse they wanted.

Nigerian star M.I and his label home Chocolate City are suing Queenbridge legend Nasir Jones.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Nas and Mass Appeal Records' Ronnie Goodman are accused of ripping off Chocolate City after they'd paid the rapper $50,000 for the verse.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2013, Nas and Goodman agreed to contribute a verse to a track from M.I. The stipulations were that Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse.

Nas did, in fact, deliver a verse but it didn't mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.

The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper to re-record the verse, which now three year later, has never happened despite them delivering the $50,000 payment. Hence, that's why they're now suing him, they mention.

It's not all fighting words, though, as Chocolate City is very complementary to Nas in the lawsuit calling him "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and writing that they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."

Unfortunately that talent and lyricism was no where to be found in the verse they got, in the eyes of Chocolate City and M.I.

Revisit M.I's "Chairman" above.

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Photo courtesy of TEF.

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Over 1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers attended the 3rd Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos—here are the highlights.

The Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Nigeria, was transformed into a buzzing enclave of substantial conversation, intentional encouragement, and unbeatable energy.

The third Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum was the most inclusive gathering of African experts in business, entrepreneurship and policy, where all 54 African countries were represented with more than 1,300 attendees. These entrepreneurs and thought leaders are innovators across a diverse array of sectors like agriculture, technology, healthcare, fashion and energy/power generation.

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